Both sides now
Supporters of David Hicks are squabbling over the money he's to receive from the media.
Hicks's family is already bickering over the spoils of his notoriety, delaying a longed-for reunion with his children. Backers of the newly freed terrorism supporter yesterday lashed out at his former wife, Jodie Sparrow, for trying to cash in with her own media deal covering Hicks's contact with his two teenage children, Bonnie and Terry. ...
In a paid deal with the Nine Network, Ms Sparrow made the children available to 60 Minutes in May ahead of their first visit to the jail to see their father. Hicks, 32, had just been returned to Australia from the US military's controversial detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Ms Sparrow's father, Dennis Sparrow, has previously said he did not want his grandchildren to see their father. The squabble erupted as Hicks's father, Terry, fended off criticism of his son's failure to offer a public apology for undergoing terrorist training before his capture in Afghanistan by allied forces in 2001.
In a statement made on his behalf by Mr McLeod on Saturday, Hicks said he was sorry for not being strong enough to face the media himself, but he failed to express contrition for his involvement with terrorists.
Federal Opposition justice spokesman Christopher Pyne said there could be no closure until Hicks apologised. "I think it's an insult, particularly to the families of the soldiers who have died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, that David Hicks would think it was not appropriate for him to apologise to those relatives," Mr Pyne said.
David Hicks plans to live on welfare after his release and may even receive "crisis payments" to help him get over the trauma of detention. Some Australian taxpayers have reacted negatively to news he will be on the dole. Hicks is, by all accounts, a person whose personality problems preceded his stint with the Taliban, and one might, on a human level, feel some pity for him without excusing his behavior. But the human rights/media industry have no such excuses; they are functional enough to laugh all the way to the bank, and they've really exploited the situation to promote their own institutional interests.